Gylfi Sigurdsson (R) celebrates after scoring against Maribor
Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel

Gylfi Sigurdsson eager for morale-boosting victory for Tottenham

Tottenham midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson wants to make amends for Saturday's disappointing defeat to Chelsea with a morale-boosting victory at Maribor tonight.

Andre Villas-Boas remains confident Tottenham will qualify from Europa League group

Manager Andre Villas-Boas remains confident Tottenham will qualify from their Europa League group despite watching his team throw away two points at Panathinaikos last night.

ECB leaves key interest rate at 0.75%

The European Central Bank has left its key interest rate unchanged at a record low of 0.75 per cent.

August 12, 2012: LeBron James of the United States dunks during the men's basketball gold medal game against Spain

Basketball: US 'Dream Team' (2012 edition) defend their Olympic title against Spain

United States 107 Spain 100: Kevin Durant scored 30 points to lead the Americans while LeBron James had 19 and Kobe Bryant 17

Karina Bryant (top) tussles with Iryna Kindzerska in their bronze medal match

Judo: Bronze is a dream come true for evergreen Bryant

The colour may have been bronze, but it was worth its weight in gold for Karina Bryant and for British judo, which has finally picked itself up off the Olympic mat.

August 2, 2012: Bill Lucas and Sam Townsend of Great Britain react after finishing outside of the medal positions in the Men's Double Sculls final

Great Britain miss out on medal in men's double sculls final

New Zealand's Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan won Olympic gold in the men's double sculls, with the British crew finishing in fifth.

Postcard from...Friuli VG

Few Italians and even fewer foreigners make it to Friuli Venezia Giulia or Friuli VG as its known, the mountainous region north of Venice that borders Austria and Slovenia. But those who do are unlikely to regret it.

Tyro Dautovic signs for Chelsea for £1m

Chelsea have continued their recruitment of some of the best young players in Europe with a deal worth £1m for the Slovenian 17-year old Emir Dautovic.

London not calling for Ottey and relay team

Sadly, there will be no Olympic Games for the grand dame of sprinting, Merlene Ottey – nor for the great underperformers of the Great Britain women's 4 x 100m relay team. Both fell off the London 2012 selection radar in the relay semi-finals at the European Championships in Helsinki yesterday.

Zut alors, we're the language dunces of Europe

The first major study of the foreign language skills of Europe's teenagers confirmed what we all feared yesterday – we are the language dunces of the Continent. The survey of 16 nations – by the European Commission – revealed England was bottom in the rankings on reading, writing and listening.

The BPA investigation: In 2010 The Independent highlighted concerns about BPA, revealing that Boots and Mothercare were selling baby bottles made with BPA despite many manufacturers phasing it out

Britain to fight landmark ban on chemical linked to cancer

French plan to outlaw BPA in food packaging comes after campaign to ban it from baby bottles

Slovenians reject gay adoption law in referendum

Slovenians rejected in a national referendum a new family law that included a highly contested clause that would allow same-sex couples to adopt children in some cases.

Boarders in Val Thorens

The snow that saved the ski season

This winter has been a surprising one for ski tour operators, with early gloom replaced by renewed optimism.

Gianni Meersman celebrates after winning the fourth stage of the 70th Paris-Nice cycling race

Cycling: Wiggins guards his Nice lead

Belgian Gianni Meersman timed his attack perfectly to win the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race yesterday, but Briton Bradley Wiggins kept the overall lead despite Alejandro Valverde's late surge on the final climb.

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Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

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Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

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Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform